I combined attending this Dragonfly Society of the Americas meeting with the Ophiogomphus searches recorded in previous posts and followed by a quick family visit in western WI.
The meeting presentations were great with a variety of topics and the field trip locations provided access to great snaketail and clubtail habitat. The Chippewa River just west of town was teaming with dragonflies.
|west side of bridge|
|east side of Chippewa River|
Bryan Pfeiffer did a few blog posts noting finds and experiences of the DSA meeting here.
Others have much better photos than me, but here's a few photos of the target species at this location. Of course, there were many other species flying in large numbers.
male Pygmy Snaketail (O. howei):
|This Pygmy Snaketail was perched in front of the vehicles as folks ate lunch. (note the tinted hindwing)|
|Pygmy Snaketail dorsal view of abdomen|
male St. Croix Snaketail (O. susbehcha):
|This male St. Croix Snaketail landed in a group of sunlit trees up the bank from the river.|
|dorsal view of St. Croix Snaketail abdomen|